Skateboard folds to the size of a laptop


June 4, 2004

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Skateboarding isn't new, and there's a whole generation of twenty and thirty-something year olds who have lost many a square inch of skin while honing remarkable skills on these devices once seen as a solely juvenile pastime. But as much fun as they may be, they are still fairly rudimentary devices which are a pain to carry due to their size and weight, which doesn't sit all that well with a suit. Enter the StowBoard - use it to get from point A to point much faster than you'd ever do walking and then fold its generous 31" length to just under 11" for stowage. In fact, the stowed board is probably smaller than your notebook.

We like this idea - mainly because the skateboard is very practical transportation device and the design overcomes many of the practical downsides (like carrying it) and primarily because it gets relatively good reviews from the hardcore skateboard fraternity which has proven to be resistant to any changes to the basic design, even when the new skateboard design is superior on the surface (such as BMW's XXXXX).

To ride the StowBoard, simply unfold it and place your dominant foot in the front cradle, rest your back foot on the tail/rear assembly and you're ready to go.

One of the other very clever features we like is that the Stowboard can be purchased with several accessory items which convert it into either a wheeled rolling backpack (sort of like an travel trolley) or a backpack with plenty of storage and a separate compartment for the board in its stowed position.

The StowBoard sells in America for USD$99 (AUD$130) and is available in Australia through BigW stores.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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